8 Facts About Uruguay

1. In 1998, Uruguay exceeded its quota under international fishing regulations by catching more than 930 tons of Swordfish.

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2. In 2013, Uruguay was named The Economist's Country of the Year.

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3. On 15 March 2011, Uruguay became the seventh South American nation to officially recognize a Palestinian state, although there was no specification for the Palestinian state's borders as part of the recognition.

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4. The United States and Uruguay have cooperated on military matters, with both countries playing significant roles in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

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5. One of the main natural attractions in Uruguay is Punta del Este.

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6. Between the years 2007 and 2009, Uruguay was the only country in the Americas that did not technically experience a recession.

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7. In 2005, Uruguay was the first exporter of software in South America.

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8. At the time of independence, Uruguay had an estimated population of just under 75,000.

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